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Eureka: A Prose Poem Kindle Edition
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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I would recommend people skip this confused pseudoscience and read up instead on the Olber's paradox directly. It's a clever idea that Poe discusses here (and he deserves credit for being one of the first to make hay over it), but it's unfortunately not the clearest or more enlightening discussion. Poe's agenda clouds his exposition.
As I said, I really wanted to like this book. I think Poe is awesome, and cosmology and grand theories of everything have always fascinated me. But combining two good things doesn't always yield something good.